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28/04/2011

Irish Movies Screen At US Film Festival

Irish films are to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival with a number of movies on show and a host of Irish filmmakers and talent in attendance.
The festival, which kicks off today (April 28th), includes screenings of A Kiss For Jed Wood, Sensation, As If I Am Not There and Parked while Ian Power's The Runway has been selected as the Spotlight Screening film.
Inspired by a true story, The Runaway tells the story of a South American pilot who crashed his plane in a field near an Irish town in 1983, and how the community came together to fix his plane and build a runway to get him home.
PJ Dillon (Rewind) who was DP on the project will be attending the festival and will take part in a Q&A about the film.
A Kiss for Jed Wood was written by Barry Devlin and Maurice Linnane and directed by Maurice, and follows a girl on a quest to New York to meet her idol Jed Wood. The film which is due for release in Irish cinemas in May will have its screening on May 2nd which will be attended by Barry and Maurice along with the cast members Lee Arenberg, Caroline Mornahan and Jay Thomas.
Parked, written by Ciaran Creagh and directed by Darragh Byrne, stars Colm Meaney as a man who lives in his nondescript car in a car park by the coast.
The film was selected to open the Irish Film Festival Boston and has also screened in Rotterdam, and Torino in Italy.
Darragh Byrne will attend the screening that is on May 3rd.
Tom Hall's Sensation, which stars Domhnall Gleeson (When Harvey Met Bob, True Grit) has screened at a number of festivals including Toronto, Rotterdam, London and more recently at Vilnius in Lithuania. It will screen on May 1st and Tom Hall is due to attend.
Set in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually hosts several premieres and galas for a 'singular festival experience'.
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